Mustang Girls Post Back-to-Back Shutouts

By Drew Costley

A Bull Run District team has yet to score against George Mason High School’s girls varsity soccer team this season. The Mustangs walloped two district opponents in the past week, adding two wins to its now 4-0 record.

The Mustangs sprinted past the Manassas Park High School Cougars with a 10-0 victory last Friday before trouncing the William Monroe High School Dragons 7-0 on Tuesday.

The Mustangs only played the Cougars for 60 minutes last Friday as a result of the Virginia High School League’s “slaughter rule,” which states that a team up by at least eight points to a scoreless opponent after 60 minutes of play is declared the winner. The Mustangs scored all 10 goals against the Cougars before the 60-minute mark.

“All last week, we were just really focusing on finishing opportunities in front of the goal,” said Head Coach Jennifer Parsons, who added that the game wasn’t as one-sided as the score implies. “The girls were a lot more urgent and a lot smarter in front of the goal.”

Sophomore forward Mary Keenan scored four goals, and senior midfielder/defender Araba Ankuma and junior midfielder/forward Claire Trevisan each scored two goals. Senior defender Hailey Thomas and sophomore midfielder Jessica Gemond scored a goal apiece against the Cougars. Ankuma, Trevisan, Keenan, Gemond, freshman midfielder/forward Corinne Carson, and freshman forward Kate Mills all had an assist in the game, and senior midfielder Maggie Mascarenhas and freshman forward/midfielder Ella Howard had two apiece.

The Mustangs scored their first three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. “We just started out on fire,” Parsons said. “The girls really went after it from the start of the game.”

The Mustangs started out slower against the Dragons. Although they had several scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the game, their first goal didn’t come until the 33rd minute when Thomas scored.

“It took us the first 20 minutes or so to adjust, but after that I think they did well,” Parsons said.

Sophomore forward Ava Roth scored the Mustangs’ second goal in the 37th minute. Moments later, Ankuma slipped over the ball while trying to save it from going out of bounds. She was escorted off of the field, treated for her injuries and came back in the second half.

Howard scored the Mustangs’ third goal in the 44th minute of the game off of a rebound. Ankuma scored the next two goals in the 54th and 56th minutes of the game. Ankuma said she was “shocked” that she was able to come back into the game and contribute the two scores.

Gemond scored the next goal of the game in the 57th minute off of a pass from Carson. Keenan, the Mustangs’ leading scorer, scored the final goal of the game in the 73rd minute. Ankuma, Mills, and freshman midfielder/defender/goalkeeper Autumn Broxson each had an assist against the Cougars. Mascarenhas had two assists and Roth had three.

“I thought we played well as a team, not as individuals, like at the beginning of the season,” Roth said.

Parsons echoed Roth’s statement and said she wants the team to continue working on team unity going into the Mustangs’ Friday night match against Rappahannock County High School. The Mustangs play Strasburg High School next Tuesday.